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Making Your Own Soap

Making your own soap at home isn’t as hard as you think, on the contrary the process can be fairly easy.  Homemade soaps make with all natural ingredients can be great for your skin and smell absolutely fabulous at the same time.  Making soap is also a great way to turn one of your hobbies into some extra cash, there is plenty of demand for all natural, organic, homemade soap.  There are fewer additives and harsh chemicals that store bought soaps use.  So what goes into making your own soap?

Ingredients Needed for Soap

There are literally thousands of recipes on the internet for making soap, most will have an oil of some kind in the base.  You can use olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil or any of the many other high quality oils available.  You can also use a mix of oils for the soap you make, that combined with other ingredients can make soap that nourishes the skin.

People often hesitate to make their own soap because they don’t want to handle lye.  You can make soap without lye, you can get mixtures from an local craft store like Hobby Lobby.  If you are trying to make soap for the first time then you may want to start with a kit from a craft store.  Anyone can do this, it is called the melt and pour method and it is super easy to do.

Here is how to use the melt and pour method:

  1. Grab a soap making kit from a craft store
  2. Heat the soap in your microwave and then just pour it into a mold, you can use almost any kind of mold that you like
  3. Leave the soap to cool and harden, you can put it in the freezer to speed up the process
  4. Take the soap out of the mold and try it out.

If you want to make real homemade soap then you need the right equipment and material, that will include lye.  Again there are tons of recipes on the internet that you can try.

Here is the process for making soap with lye:

  1. Gather together all the equipment that you will need.
  2. Have a good recipe that you want to try and make sure you have all the ingredients
  3. Follow the recipes closely and always wear protective gear

There are tons of guides and videos showing you how to make soap at home.  It can cost less than $100 to get started with your first few batches of soap.  You can experiment with different ingredients and scents until you get the perfect mix.